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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

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Pool Checklist: Swimsuit, Towel, Tanning Lotion ... Kindle

A little over a month ago, I brought you the news that The Four Seasons in Washington D.C. was providing Kindles for guest to use while enjoying a fine breakfast at the hotel.  The Kindles were loaded with newspapers to browse from every major city, and guests have been quite appreciative of the gesture.

Today, news that another Four Seasons property, this one in Miami, or Brickell to be exact are offering Kindles for guests to use at poolside.  Yes, work on your tan, cool off in the water and enjoy the cutting edge technology of a Kindle.  The Kindles are preloaded with bestsellers and classics, so guests can't download their own selections, but what is offered will be a wide variety of books for all tastes.

This month's selections include:  "Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin" and "Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy."  Not sure if the choices will change monthly, but I'll offer some suggestions on future books to include:  How about "Beach Road" by James Patterson, "Swimming to Catalina" by Stuart Woods, or look better at the pool by reading "The South Beach Diet Cookbook" by Arthur Agatson.  All on your poolside Kindle, while sipping on your Fizzler on the Roof.  Pass the lotion please.


Colt McCoy racking up awards, Heisman next?

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy almost ended up in the outhouse with his near blunder in the Big XII Championship Game, but he is alive and well in the penthouse and winning multiple college post season awards.

So far, McCoy has taken the Maxwell Award for the best all around player, the Walter Camp player of the year award, and the Davey O'Brien Award for the best college quarterback.

We'll find out Saturday how he fares in the Heisman race.  I would have to say he is the favorite at this point.  Being a quarterback on an undefeated Texas team, and with his previous body of work, he should be holing up the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night.



Some Free Christmas Music to end the Week


Amazon has "Silent Night" by House of Heroes for free MP3 download

 The reviews for this rendition of "Silent Night" are favorable:

This song is worth downloading. It is a pleasant rendition of a true Christmas song.

Great voices, nice blend of instruments. A really nice take on one of the most recognized holiday classics. Thanks Amazon.

I love this Christmas classic, and I like this arrangement.


Indy ATP Event Will Move to Atlanta for 2010

The pro tennis event in Indianapolis will move to Atlanta for a possible three year run beginning in 2010.

The Atlanta event will kick off The U.S. Open Series.  Events in this slot have struggled to attract a field that excites fans, so Atlanta officials will have their work cut out for them.  The USTA can pull the event from Atlanta if certain expectations are not achieved.

If this event is going to make it, Atlanta is it's best option.  Atlanta is tennis crazy, at least participation wise, but some name players are going to have to join this field. 

Not sure where the event will take place, maybe some temporary digs at Atlantic Station like beach volleyball does, or could the Stone Mountain Olympic facility be brought back from the dead?  It might be too late for that.  I say keep it somewhere convenient to the North Suburbs of Atlanta, that is where all the tennis interest is.

Here are some other ideas for the event:

Get players with local ties to sign on early.  Robbie Ginepri, John Isner and some others will be ambassadors for the event.  Try hard to get a Roddick or Del Potro to come to Atlanta.  The tourney will need a name player or two, or three.  Make it a fan friendly event, and keep ticket prices modest, please.  Showcase doubles, having the Bryan Brothers would be nice, and Atlanta loves its doubles.  Most of all, make sure the whole City of Atlanta, and tennis fans in the South know they need to support this event to keep it going.  Sometimes putting the pressure on will make fans stand up and take notice.

Great to have ATP Tennis back in Atlanta.  And in July it is going to be hot.  Hope the action is hot, too.


Windy Winter Conditions

Windy Winter conditions swept across the country yesterday.  Parts of the Midwest has winds consistently clocked around 60mph.

The winds helped temperatures drop, with wind chills into the negative numbers.

Here in the South, we had a mild Wednesday, but it was windy.  Temps were in the 30's when I got up this morning.

Here's a video of a United Express regional jet pilot battling the wind while trying to land in Buffalo.